Nurses who form part of the 2019 batch of nurses who were employed by the government have threatened to proceed on a hunger strike and then lay down their tools, should the government fail to pay arrears owed the nurses.
This was contained in a statement released by a group calling itself Coalition of 2019 Posted Nurses.
Portions of the statement read, “on behalf of the aforementioned group, I write to your outfit to share September 20, 2022, the day-to-day plights of newly posted 2019 nurses and the line of action in the days ahead. After exhausting all possible ways of getting our salaries paid after working for 8 months (degree nurses) and 7 months (diploma nurses).”
“We wish to make known our next line of actions; 30th September – All 2019 posted nurses to embark on a hunger strike. 1st October – All 2019 posted nurses to lay down their tools till further notice. As professional nurses, we have nursed our clients for all these months on empty stomachs because of the love we have for the job and our clients but we are currently at our wits end. Enough is enough! Government should as a matter of urgency expedite payment for all 2019 posted nurses so we can continue serving our mother Ghana.”
Speaking on the Day Break Upper East Show, the Vice President of the Coalition, Nana Kojo Ankomah explained that the decisions have become necessary because of the government’s constant nelgect.
According to Mr. Ankomah, some of the nurses who were posted are still yet to receive their appointment letters.
“It is becoming an everyday issue and we want the government to put an end to this. We have done a lot of engagements. We have sent a lot of releases to them [MoH]. Sometimes you go to some of the offices and they do not even want to talk to you.”
“Some of them [the nurses] have not even got financial clearance not to talk of salary,” he added.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana